Unidentified armed men reportedly kidnapped nine people in Pegi (Abuja suburbs) on Monday, October 7. The assailants, dressed as military personnel, reportedly shot and wounded one person before kidnapping nine others. According to one of the victim's relatives, the assailants had requested a ransom payment of N10 million (USD 27,000) for each victim. An investigation is ongoing.
Further such events are possible in Abuja amid an increased kidnapping threat in the capital.
Kidnappings are common in Nigeria, especially in northern states. Nigerians and foreign nationals are targeted by kidnappers.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to remain vigilant for criminal behaviors, vary daily schedules and itineraries, and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons to limit the risk of being targeted by potential kidnappers. If attacked, remain calm, do not offer resistance, and adopt a cooperative attitude. Do everything in your power to keep the situation as calm as possible (e.g. accepted offered food, engage in conversation initiated by your captors, avoid all political or potentially inflammatory topics, etc.).
The security situation in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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